Privacy Statement for Parenting Adolescents

Parenting Adolescents has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. This policy was effective on the date of its creation, 12/2/99.  It was reviewed on 5/13/09 and remains in effect.

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website:

(1) Regarding parenting questions or other regular letters visitors send to us by e-mail:

Visitors submit questions or inquiries voluntarily. Only Karen Martin and/or Jean Walbridge may read original e-mail letters containing parenting or parent-issue questions from parents or teens, except as required by law in a legal situation. If a user writes a letter in which illegal activities are reported or planned, or in which the user states that he/she intends to harm him/herself or another person, the letter will be turned over to law enforcement, and there is no guarantee of privacy in such cases.

Questions are stored in a mail application program on Jean's or Karen's computer. Parenting questions are never forwarded to third parties without the express consent of the sender (again, except as may be required by law in a legal situation or in the instance in which illegal or harmful activity is stated as accomplished or as a plan).

The name and/or e-mail address you supply in your letter are stored on our computer in a mail application address book. The only time (other than as may be required by law, in a legal situation, or when a user reports illegal activity as accomplished or planned or when a user reports a plan to harm him/herself or others) we give your email address to anyone is if you sign up to be on the mailing list, when it is supplied in a list to the company that uses its servers to send messages out to everyone on the list (see #2 below). We do not give or sell your email address or your name to third parties who, for instance, might want to send you promotional mail.

If we publish your question and Karen Martin's or Jean Walbridge's response to it on the Question of the Week page and/or in the Archives at this site, we do not include personally identifying information such as personal names or real/email addresses. Submitted questions become the property of Parenting Adolescents, which does not publish the names or real/email addresses of the writers. Questions posted at the web site are edited for grammatical/spelling errors and/or to remove profanity or vulgarisms.

(2) Regarding information collected on the mailing list form:

To enable us to add your name to our mailing list, we ask for your email address. We also ask you to let us know how you found our site. We send on your email address only to or another commercial mail provider who "hosts" our mailing list (that is, ConstantContact or another provider sends out our mailings, automatically, to the email addresses on the list we provide them). Parenting Adolescents uses only providers who guarantee to Parenting Adolescents that they do not give or sell to third parties any email addresses on the Parenting Adolescents mailing list. The maillist form when submitted causes our server to note the name of your Internet Service Provider (such as "aol"), the name of the browser you're using (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator), and the page at the site from which you mailed the form.

(3) Credit-card information:

Parenting Adolescents at this time does not enable credit-card purchase at the site. Therefore, we do not gather any credit-card information at our site.

(4) Miscellaneous forms visitors may opt to complete:

In addition to the mailing list form, there are 2 Parenting Adolescents forms at the site which we invite visitors to complete: "FastForm Site Feedback," which gives us feedback on the site, and "tell us how you found our site," which asks for the visitor to type in how they found the site. For each form, our server identifies the kind of browser used by the visitor (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator), the visitor's Internet Service Provider (such as aol), and the page at our site on which the form is displayed. Your email address is requested but not required by these forms. When supplied, we use your email address to add to our visitor list and/or mailing list. We do not give or sell your email address to other parties. See #2 above regarding how we establish a mailing list.

(5) Parenting Issues Polls:

The site intermittently runs Parenting Issues Polls -- one for parents and one for teens/preteens. To participate in the Poll, visitors are asked but not required to supply their email address. If a visitor includes an email address when submitting the poll, this email address is added to the Parenting Adolescents mailing list (see #2 above). Our server automatically gathers the name of your Internet Service Provider, the name of the broswer you use (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator), and the name of the page at our site on which the form appears (such as teenpoll.html).

(6) Parenting Adolescents partners:

Parenting Adolescents partners with other sites which run our site search, facilitate referral of our site to users chosen by our visitors, and host our mailing list. Parenting Adolescents is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites, but each of these partner sites has stated to Parenting Adolescents that they do not sell or give to third parties visitor information gathered by them in the course of completing a site search, facilitating referrals, or hosting the mailing list.

(7) Parenting Adolescents links:

Parenting Adolescents links to other Web sites, both sponsor sites and sites with content related to ours. Parenting Adolescents is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Children's/Minors Guidelines

    1. Without prior parental consent, online information such as email addresses will only be used to respond directly to the child's or minor's request (such as to have Jean Walbridge or Karen Martin respond to his or her parent-issue question, or to join the mailing list) and will not be used for other purposes without prior parental consent, unless a letter from a minor reports planned or accomplished illegal acvitiy or a plan to harm self or others. In the latter case, the letter will be turned over to law enforcement.
    2. Parenting Adolescents does NOT request or require personally identifiable offline contact information from teens or preteens. If a teen or preteen supplies such information in submitting a parent-issues question, in our response to the teen/preteen, we advise him or her not to supply such information to any unknown person or organization on the Internet, including, without prior parental approval.
    3. Parenting Adolescents does NOT distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information without prior parental consent, except as indicated in #1 in this section.
    4. Parenting Adolescents does NOT offer the opportunity to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information.
    5. Parenting Adolescents does NOT entice a minor by the prospect of a special game, prize or other activity, to divulge more information than is needed to participate in the activity.


By making inclusion of email address information optional, our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us at the point where we request information about the visitor.

This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service.


This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact

Jean Walbridge
Parenting Adolescents 
1803 St Johns Ave 
Highland Park, IL 60035 

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This page created 12/02/99; updated 05/13/09. Copyright Parenting Adolescents, all rights reserved.